U.S. Rep. Hastings, Florida’s Senior Member of Congress, Dies
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, Florida’s senior associate of Congress who battled racial injustice as a civil rights lawyer, died Tuesday morning. Everything You Need To Know
Hastings was also a Democrat, represented parts of Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach
Had been Florida’s longest-serving associate of Congress after departure of Bill Nelson
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Reactions to his death came swiftly Tuesday.
“I’m profoundly saddened by the death of Congressman Alcee Hastings,” Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz said in an email by the company. “Our nation lost a tremendous leader this morning. Congressman Hastings was a trailblazer and true giant of Florida politics.
“As a public servant, he led by example, championing the rights of minorities, girls, the elderly, children, and immigrants while challenging the government to fulfill its constitutional promise of equality and opportunity for all. Today we pause to express our deepest sympathy to his family, coworkers and friends.”
Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried posted on Twitter.
“Representative Alcee Hastings was a longtime crusader for equality — he also struggled to pave the way for a lot of… He will be greatly missed.”
Hastings, a Democrat who represented parts of Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. He became Florida’s longest-serving associate of Congress upon Sen. Bill Nelson’s departure from office at 2019.
His election to the House followed his 1989 elimination, for bribery and perjury, from his place for a judge at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
But Congress took up his situation after accusations arose that Hastings had faked evidence. The House impeached himand the Senate voted to convict him of 11 articles of impeachment.
The Senate voted according to a committee’s investigation. Hastings had contended that the full Senate should have noticed the situation prior to voting.
The room ordered Hastings eliminated from office but didn’t vote to disqualify him in potential office.
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